Sept. 16, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #16 Michigan 5, #23 Fairfield 0
Records: U-M (5-3), Fairfield (5-3)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Sept. 22 -- at Bucknell (Lewisburg, Pa.), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) and sophomore Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) scored two goals apiece to push the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past No. 23 Fairfield, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 16) at Phyllis Ocker Field. U-M improved to 4-0 at home this season.
For the second time in as many games, U-M scored its first goal late in the first half before overpowering its opposition with a big offensive second half. The Wolverines posted a season-high 20 shots -- 10 in each half -- while holding Fairfield to just three shots in the second. Michigan also outcornered the Stags, 9-3, in the contest.
After just missing on a handful of early scoring opportunities, Michigan broke through at the 28:31 mark following a flurry in the Fairfield circle. The ball was batted around in front of the cage before kicking out to the top left side of the circle, where Wouters wound up and rocketed a low shot to the nearside corner for her second goal of the season.
Michigan added a pair of quick markers after the halftime intermission to cushion its advantage early in the second half. Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) set up the first, dribbling the ball in the front before feeding a pass to Mack, who backhanded a shot into the lower left corner at 42:06. Wouters earned her second tally of the game four minutes later, at 46:07, on a rebound goal from the left side of the cage.
Naughton converted on a diving shot for her second goal of the weekend at the 55:31 mark. The play originated from the right side, where freshman Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) dished a pass in front. Junior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS) stopped the ball but could not control it, and Naughton lunged forward to get her stick on it, chipping it high over sprawling Fairfield goalkeeper Maddy Sposito.
Mack added a late insurance goal in the closing minutes, carrying the ball into the circle along the left-side goal line before pushing it into the far corner at 68:40. The Wolverine junior extended her goal streak to four straight games; she has posted seven goals over the four-game stretch.
Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) stopped Fairfield's lone shot on goal late in the second half to preserve her ninth career shutout, while Sposito made seven saves for the Stags. Sophomore/freshman Adrianna Crovo (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) played the final 9:42 for the Wolverines to earn half the shutout effort; she has appeared in three games this season.
Michigan (5-3) will return to the road next weekend, traveling to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell at noon at Saturday (Sept. 22) before kicking off Big Ten Conference play against Penn State at noon on Sunday (Sept. 23) in State College, Pa.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Axelle Wouters, 28:31 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 42:06 (Aisling Naughton)
2nd -- U-M, Wouters, 46:07 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Aisling Naughton, 55:31 (Michelle Roberts)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 68:40 (unassisted)
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